Balkan Mountains - Bulgaria Road Cycling Holiday

Explore the beauty and the history of the Balkan Mountains on this self guided cycling holiday. During this tour you will cycle through north and central parts of the Balkan Mountains which are famous for their unspoilt nature and luscious green valleys and gentle rolling hills.

Guaranteed Departures: 20/04/2019 - 15/06/2019 - 13/07/2019 - 17/08/2019 - 14/09/2019 - 12/10/2019

Price from £490.00

2019 dates available

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: Mixed
  • Start/Finish: Sofia
  • Distance: 198.5 miles (320km)
  • Duration: 7 nights - 8 Days
  • Availability: 1 departure per month from May until October
  • Altitude:

This tour has an eight day, seven night itinerary.

Day 1. Arrival 
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2. Goliam Izvor village to  Ribaritsa village
Early transfer to Golyam Izvor village and start cycling towards the town of Teteven with an optional detour to the Glozhene monastery.  In Teteven there is a short stop for a walk and visit of the local historic museum and church or a short bike and hike to a nearby eco trail with 2 beautiful waterfalls. Continue cycling to Ribaritsa village and an overnight stop.. 

Cycling distance: 49 km (30 miles)

Day 3.  Ribaritsa village - Troyan monastery - Apriltsi
Climb from Ribaritsa to Bogoi pass, at 1185m (3888 ft) this is the highest point for the day. From Bogoi pass the road descends to the town of Troyan passing through the village of Shipkovo where you can bathe in the mineral water swimming pools. After lunch in Troyan town centre, visit "Oreshaka", the Pottery and Craft Exhibition nearby and the famous Troyan monastery. Spend the night in Apriltsii village.

Cycling distance: 78 km (48.5 miles)

Day 4. Apriltsi - Gabrovo - Etura
Cycle on quiet village roads from Apriltsi, through small villages set in green landscapes and river valleys to Gabrovo and then on to Etura, an open-air ethnographic museum.  Here you can add an additional 6km of cycling to visit the nearby Sokolski Monastery.

Cycling distance: 50 km (31 miles)

Day 5. Gabrovo - Tryavna - Bozhentsi
After breakfast, leave Gabrovo for Tryavna. Here spend time sightseeing and have lunch in the centre of this beautiful National Revival town. Ups and downs through open terrain will lead you to the final stop for today - Bozhentsi architectural reserve. 

Cycling distance: 52 km (32 miles)

Day 6. Bozhentsi - Dryanovo monastery - Elena
Today starts with a transfer to the Dryanovo monastery and a local cave.  Start cycling to the town of Elena passing pretty villages and the blue waters of Lovkovtsi dam. 

Cycling distance: 48 km (30 miles)


Day 7.  Day 7. Elena - Arbanassi - Veliko Turnovo - Sofia
From Elena continue cycling to the last point of the trip, Arbanasi architectural reserve.  Known for the rich history and large number of historical monuments, such as 17th and 18th century churches and examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. The landscape includes meadows, pastures, farmland, shrubby hills and finally a beautiful plateau over Veliko Tarnovo. After some free time for rest and walks among the old houses of Arbanasi, go for lunch and sightseeing tour in Veliko Turnovo - the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Sofia where you spend the night. 

Cycling distance: 43 km (27 miles)

Day 8. Transfer to Sofia airport and departure.

Key Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • It is possible to organize a trip for private groups at any time upon request.
  • This tour will start and end in Sofia/Plovdiv.
  • The distance of this cycling tour is approximately 342 / 212 miles.

Essential information:

  • Bikes: Hardtail mountain bike or hybrid bike
  • Roads: We use mainly isolated village asphalt roads with little traffic, road conditions are relatively good with some exceptions (bumpy sections, potholes, rough asphalt), we do not go off road
  • Guide/driver: The guide with the supporting vehicle and the luggage inside checks several times a day if everything is OK with the group, waiting by crossroads, accompanying them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and giving them talks by the most interesting sites en-route
  • Dress code in monasteries and churches - men are not allowed to enter in shorts and women should not expose their legs and shoulders.
  • Extension at the Black Sea coast, more information available upon request
  • Bike Helmets Not Supplied

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your cycling holiday in Bulgaria including:

 

  • Troyan Monastery “Assumption of Virgin Mary”, being the 3rd largest in Bulgaria, is built in the style of the Bulgarian Renaissance.
  • Etura Open-air Ethnographic Museum presenting the Bulgarian customs, craftsmanship, architecture and way of life in the the region during the Bulgarian National Revival period.
  • Bozhentsi village - an architectural reserve consisting of some 100 houses from The Bulgarian National Revival Period.
  • Veliko Turnovo - the old medieval capital of Bulgaria
  • Charming Bulgarian Towns
  • Picturesque Villages

Getting to Bulgaria:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Bulgaria.

By Car – Bulgaria can be reached by car through the well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Sofia Airport.

For more information on getting to Bulgaria please visit the Bulgaria Tourism website.

Included
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
Excluded
  • Meals
  • Transport to and from Bulgaria

This tour has an eight day, seven night itinerary.

Day 1. Arrival 
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2. Goliam Izvor village to  Ribaritsa village
Early transfer to Golyam Izvor village and start cycling towards the town of Teteven with an optional detour to the Glozhene monastery.  In Teteven there is a short stop for a walk and visit of the local historic museum and church or a short bike and hike to a nearby eco trail with 2 beautiful waterfalls. Continue cycling to Ribaritsa village and an overnight stop.. 

Cycling distance: 49 km (30 miles)

Day 3.  Ribaritsa village - Troyan monastery - Apriltsi
Climb from Ribaritsa to Bogoi pass, at 1185m (3888 ft) this is the highest point for the day. From Bogoi pass the road descends to the town of Troyan passing through the village of Shipkovo where you can bathe in the mineral water swimming pools. After lunch in Troyan town centre, visit "Oreshaka", the Pottery and Craft Exhibition nearby and the famous Troyan monastery. Spend the night in Apriltsii village.

Cycling distance: 78 km (48.5 miles)

Day 4. Apriltsi - Gabrovo - Etura
Cycle on quiet village roads from Apriltsi, through small villages set in green landscapes and river valleys to Gabrovo and then on to Etura, an open-air ethnographic museum.  Here you can add an additional 6km of cycling to visit the nearby Sokolski Monastery.

Cycling distance: 50 km (31 miles)

Day 5. Gabrovo - Tryavna - Bozhentsi
After breakfast, leave Gabrovo for Tryavna. Here spend time sightseeing and have lunch in the centre of this beautiful National Revival town. Ups and downs through open terrain will lead you to the final stop for today - Bozhentsi architectural reserve. 

Cycling distance: 52 km (32 miles)

Day 6. Bozhentsi - Dryanovo monastery - Elena
Today starts with a transfer to the Dryanovo monastery and a local cave.  Start cycling to the town of Elena passing pretty villages and the blue waters of Lovkovtsi dam. 

Cycling distance: 48 km (30 miles)


Day 7.  Day 7. Elena - Arbanassi - Veliko Turnovo - Sofia
From Elena continue cycling to the last point of the trip, Arbanasi architectural reserve.  Known for the rich history and large number of historical monuments, such as 17th and 18th century churches and examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. The landscape includes meadows, pastures, farmland, shrubby hills and finally a beautiful plateau over Veliko Tarnovo. After some free time for rest and walks among the old houses of Arbanasi, go for lunch and sightseeing tour in Veliko Turnovo - the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Sofia where you spend the night. 

Cycling distance: 43 km (27 miles)

Day 8. Transfer to Sofia airport and departure.

Key Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • It is possible to organize a trip for private groups at any time upon request.
  • This tour will start and end in Sofia/Plovdiv.
  • The distance of this cycling tour is approximately 342 / 212 miles.

Essential information:

  • Bikes: Hardtail mountain bike or hybrid bike
  • Roads: We use mainly isolated village asphalt roads with little traffic, road conditions are relatively good with some exceptions (bumpy sections, potholes, rough asphalt), we do not go off road
  • Guide/driver: The guide with the supporting vehicle and the luggage inside checks several times a day if everything is OK with the group, waiting by crossroads, accompanying them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and giving them talks by the most interesting sites en-route
  • Dress code in monasteries and churches - men are not allowed to enter in shorts and women should not expose their legs and shoulders.
  • Extension at the Black Sea coast, more information available upon request
  • Bike Helmets Not Supplied

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your cycling holiday in Bulgaria including:

 

  • Troyan Monastery “Assumption of Virgin Mary”, being the 3rd largest in Bulgaria, is built in the style of the Bulgarian Renaissance.
  • Etura Open-air Ethnographic Museum presenting the Bulgarian customs, craftsmanship, architecture and way of life in the the region during the Bulgarian National Revival period.
  • Bozhentsi village - an architectural reserve consisting of some 100 houses from The Bulgarian National Revival Period.
  • Veliko Turnovo - the old medieval capital of Bulgaria
  • Charming Bulgarian Towns
  • Picturesque Villages

Getting to Bulgaria:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Bulgaria.

By Car – Bulgaria can be reached by car through the well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Sofia Airport.

For more information on getting to Bulgaria please visit the Bulgaria Tourism website.

Included
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
Excluded
  • Meals
  • Transport to and from Bulgaria
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